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Thanks Suave Blues Man! That should keep me busy for a while.
I hope Y'all had fun doing your "homework" for the first subject area.
This time I'll show you an idea 'string' finding some useable information for your expanding knowledge.
Sometimes I lose track of sites and names and have to go hunting for a link or mnemonic, (i.e. "reminder"), for a related site. While either getting there or once I have found a righteous site I will use the links to reaffirm or find a site that was previously overlooked.
I had been doing an ongoing search for one HC members' hunt for certain harps. A good friend and repairman par excellence' is a Tulsa Route 66 Harmonica Club player named Mike Peace of Route 66 Custom Harmonicas. Often he has accumulations of refurbished and/or unique harps. He does some custom cooperative work with Tom Halchak of Blue Moon Harmonicas. Tom's link page produced "Juke's Boogie Trio" with a link page showing a "Harp Players List".
When looking at the "Listen-to lists" found at harmonicasessions dot com you will find names that will give you players to further search for either at the Amazon or eBay sites (for cheap prices, OR at your local discount records/tapes/CD shops like this one: www.foreveryoungrecords.com/
There's a lot of good listening and plenty of reasonable priced listening available.
So endith the lesson. Oh, and by-the-bye, MORE homework!
Be Blues...And Jazz,
Suave Blues Man
Positions. Positions. Positions!
Here are some sites to give you a helping hand:
www.hhcwv dot com/lessons.html
www.youtube dot com/watch?v=1EHXMgx4_xg
www.harmonicaspace dot com/harmonica-forum/general-discussion/4th-and-5th-position
www.youtube dot com/watch?v=gGhYv1i7FE4
www.harptabs dot com/song.php?ID=5150 - Print and save!
Be Blues...And Jazz,
Suave Blues Man
Great tip! I had never heard that.. I will definitely check it out.
Great tip! I had never heard that. I will check it out.
For rock and roll on harmonica check out 5th position, very much like 2nd but affords chords
often needed in rock and roll. Will Wylde has some good youtube videos that cover it.
Wow, great feedback!
Marcy, I will definitely check Howard Levy's site. I admire him as one of the great harmonica innovators, and what he can do with a diatonic. It amazes me how often people (including professional musicians) limit the harmonica.. considering it only capable of accompaniment, or whatever. Then innovators like Levy, Ricci, Popper show what is possible. I am also interested in folk/bluegrass, as well as classical.
I agree Andy, that one of the best things to do is imitate others. As Ricci says "imitate, assimilate, then innovate". This is more or less what I have been doing for over 25 years.. just playing along with any music I happen to be listening to. This has given me a familiarity with the instrument that allows me to play pretty much any melody by ear. Then when I first heard Blues Traveler I was blown away, and did not have a clue how to do what Popper was doing. I recently decided to try to figure it out and with the help of midi files to slow it wayyy down, and harp tabs I was able to at least figure out the sequences. Still working on the tempo.. as he plays so darn fast. I will keep doing this in hopes that I can infer some patterns that I can use in my improvisation. I am pretty good at figuring out keys, and use positions 1-3 (usually 3 for minor keys).
I think what I need to get better at is using patterns within scales. I have practiced scales to some extent.. but when I improv when playing with others, I mostly just leapfrog up and down the scale.. not actually knowing which scale it is.. just playing by feel. I have been getting good feedback, but I want to really expand my solo repertoire, and learn new patterns that I can incorporate. As you say, I can learn a lot of this by listening to others. I find that in the Rock Genre, that there are tons of guitar riffs & licks I can use.
spideryak, that video is awesome! I had not heard that one before. Great example of what one can do.
I am in a little band, with a few friends with a guitar, another harp player, and a couple others with tambourines. We are exploring ways to incorporate 2 harmonicas along with the rhythm.
So thanks again
Early rock & roll seems pretty straight forward for the most part.
I use this one to get inspired and for practice
I think the fellow does an excellent job improvising taking a simple song and making it a nice show piece
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Like Marcy I don't have any real recommendations re books. What I can say is that I have a far greater understanding and feel for those licks and music which I have transcribed myself. This can be quite hard, for first you have to identify the key of the song. Often you can do this by listening to the final note, often the home note, I.e., the key note.
Then you need the right harmonica, which is difficult if it's a minor key. Then days and days of listening and imitating.
But this is why you learn better, the effort put in. I found your problem with English folk music. No harmonica resources easily identifiable. So had to transcribe from YouTube videos. I was lucky in that I knew the keys needed as they were tied to the tuning of harmoniums, either a D or a G or their minor equivalents. But now I know the tunes and licks quite well.
I've read tabs from sites like harptabs.com, but forget these pretty quickly if I don't repeat the effort and quite often they are wrong anyway. And like you learn all I can from teachers such as Adam Gussow. But can't easily build them into my playing.
I guess what I'm saying is that books are all very well, but the real resources are your ears and brain, and it is worth developing these. Books may help, but ultimately you need your ears to listen and your harp in mouth to imitate.
Not helpful I know but comforting in a way - you are all you need. That and practise.
I don't have any book suggestions for you since I haven't delved into that style myself, but I have come across one resource. Howard Levy has a section for Rock/Pop on his online school at artistworks.com. Like yourself, I was having a hard time finding resources. I enjoy blues a lot too, but was looking for somewhere to learn techniques specifically for playing in a folk and bluegrass style. I haven't tried any of Howard's rock lessons, but I can highly recommend those in the folk genre. The really great thing about that site is the wide variety of styles covered in addition to blues. It's affordable just for the video lessons, but when you get personalized feedback from him, it really makes the price seem amazing.
spyderyak, you are nearly correct. Hohner lumps their harps into DIATONICS with sub-categories of:
Marine Band, Progressive, MS-Series and Enthusiast.
As far as tuning, cents, equal temperament, just intonation there are much more complete references at:
Angelfire dot com (diatonics, under tuning)
Patmissin dot com/tunings
playhohner dot com/service video 25 at about the 1:30 mark. This one shows how to tune to equal or just
leeoskarquickguide dot com/docs/pitchchart
seydel1847 dot de/categories/configurator
Be Blues...And Jazz,
Suave Blues Man
Here's a trick,
Try lying on your back with something on your stomach, harp in mouth. Breathe slowly through the harp raising the book up and down slowly.
That should give you an idea of how gently to play. You should also see how easy it is to get a decent sound without forcing the air.